Trek-Connected Faces Grace Academy AwardsBy Michelle
February 28, 2005 - 4:52 AM
Late composer Jerry Goldsmith's score for Star Trek: The Motion Picture was featured prominently by the orchestra at an Academy Awards ceremony in which Star Trek: The Motion Picture special photographic effects supervisor John Dykstra took home an Oscar for Best Achievement in Visual Effects for Spider-Man 2.
However, other Star Trek actors and writers failed to bring home trophies at the 77th annual Academy Awards. Screenwriter John Logan, nominated for The Aviator, lost the best original screenplay award to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind screenwriters Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry and Pierre Bismuth. And actress Virginia Madsen, who played Kellin in Star Trek: Voyager's "Unforgettable", was defeated in the category of Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her part in Sideways by The Aviator's Cate Blanchett, playing screen legend Katharine Hepburn.
Genre films scored few major awards this year. The Incredibles, named Best Animated Feature, also won the award for sound editing. Numerous actors associated with genre franchises, however, from Star Wars' Natalie Portman to Spider-Man's Kirsten Dunst to House of Flying Daggers star Ziyi Zhang presented awards.
Goldsmith was included in a tribute to performers, directors, musicians and crew who had died in the past year, which also included film Superman Christopher Reeve and former US president Ronald Reagan.
A number of people who worked on Trek crew for various other films were also on teams that won awards. A complete list of winning films is available at Oscar.com.